State Rep calls Earth Day a Pagan holiday

4:23 PM, Apr 19, 2012   |    comments
State Rep. Mary Franson of Alexandria
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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota lawmaker who caught heat for comparing food stamp recipients to animals is creating quite the stir on Twitter by calling Earth Day a "Pagan holiday."

"It absolutely infuriates me, celebration of a Pagan holiday, worship of Nature and not God's nature," Alexandria Representative Franson tweeted on Earth Day.

Franson declined to talk to us about the posting, but others had plenty to say in response.

"I would ask her directly, what does God have to do with Earth Day? Explain it to me," said Adam Nelson.

"Depends on how you want to look at it. I think it's all the same thing if you ask me, Earth and God," said Patty Mahoney.

"If it was a representative of Minnesota I think most people, or normal people, would probably ignore them, I know I would," said Sondra Tenner.

Later in the day, Franson tweeted more and added, "Why are some bent over shape about my comment?" That was followed by, "Big deal. So I don't like Earth Day."

In a video posted on YouTube in March, Franson compared animals to food stamp recipients, but later said she was trying to illustrate how there is a need for welfare reform to get people out of poverty.



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